Early yesterday morning, three individuals received personal injuries in a Chicago car accident on the Dan Ryan expressway (“The Ryan”), which is Interstate Highway 90/94. Chicago Breaking News Center reported that the three Chicago car accident victims were all taken to area John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County (“Stroger”). Stroger Hospital is located on the near west side at 1900 W. Polk Street. Initially, all were thought to be in critical condition, but one state trooper speaking at 3:00 a.m. reported that one was in critical condition. The car crash was a single-vehicle rollover crash and happened at about 1:00 in the morning on the northbound Dan Ryan at 63rd street.
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the crash occurred when the vehicle apparently “tried to take the exit ramp too quickly.” Two of the injured individuals were ejected from the vehicle and one had to be extricated from the vehicle. An Illinois state police accident reconstruction specialist responded to the Chicago car accident scene. All of the northbound lanes of the Ryan were closed to traffic for nearly an hour following the crash, but traffic was moving as of 3:00 in the morning.
The deadliest risk facing occupants of SUVs, minivans, and trucks is a rollover car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 280,000 rollover accidents are reported yearly, claiming more than 10,000 lives annually. According to HowStuffWorks.com, rollover car accidents are directly related to a vehicle’s stability in turns, influenced by the relationship between the center of gravity and the track width. A vehicle is more likely to become unstable in fast turns or sharp changes of direction, which may have happened in the Chicago car accident.